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Posted on 08/18/2014 8:39:13 AM PDT by Salvation
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A shortened form of the Mass, customary in the Middle Ages, in which the Offertory, Canon, and Communion were omitted. It was used on a variety of occasions, such as when a second Mass on the same day was forbidden; at a pilgrimage; when a priest who was still fasting was not available; on board ship in stormy weather, then called a "naval Mass"; and during hunting expeditions, called a hunter's Mass. It survives among certain priest-monks who say a Dry Mass of Our Lady, and in the ceremony for the blessing of Palms on Palm Sunday.
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I have also heard that it is sometimes said by Novus Ordo priests who want to practice saying the traditional Mass.
So that leaves a penitential rite, Scripture, sermon, and intercessory prayers, blessing. Sounds rather like a Presbyterian Sunday service.
In the Religion forum, on a thread titled Catholic Word of the Day: DRY MASS, 08-18-14, Salvation wrote:
Is this still applicable with the relaxed fasting rules?
The whole idea of it was ahearance to the communion fasting rules. When the act of receiving communion was accepting a sacred mystery of faith and its taking not simply an acceptance or profession of it for others in the congregation to wittness.